The Nevada Standardbred Association Inc., ("NVSA") has recently appointed an Advisory Committee to provide feedback to the Board of Directors on industry interests, funding of stakes/breeding programs and training centers, regulatory matters and overall integrity. We look forward to feedback from all that are participating and those who will in the future. Below is the initial Team.
Ted Bookstaver, Chair (California) - Owner/horsemen/former driver: Ted chairs the Advisory Committee. His leadership focuses on bringing industry balance and addressing topical issues such as financial and compliance matters impacting the industry today. For more information see Board of Director.
Scott Rothbort (Nevada) - Owner: Known as "The Finance Professor", Scott is President of LakeView Asset Management, has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. He also owns several horses including Rocknificent a 2 year-old pacing mare that has won over $150,000 this year. Scott is contributor on several business news outlets including MarketWatch's Trading Deck, Bloomberg (Radio and TV), Fox Business News and CNBC. He has been working diligently on bringing Broodmares to Nevada and is a Partner in Equine Industry Development LLC.
Mike Hyde (Nevada) - Contributor: Mike has a MS in Education from Kent State University and was a basketball coach for over 30 years, prior to his semi-retirement. Presently he is an educator in Pahrump, Nevada and has taught for several years. Mike has the unique blend of education and business savy along practical world teaching to connect students with the subjects he teaches. His contribution with the NVSA is to expand educational offerings in conjunction with higher education and to provide knowledge and expertise on training center facilities.
Rita Polese (Florida) - Shipper/Trainer/Owner: Rita is well connected in the Standardbred industry, has been a Trainer with over 575 purse starts and $400,000 in training earnings and currently owns a horse racing at Woodbine. Her most infamous horses were Melvyn who held track record at Vernon and Rambling Gambling Man who has a record of 1:50.4s (2018). She has shipped hundreds of horses throughout the country. Rita is a graduate from SUNY at Delhi in Equine Management and brings a wealth of industry experience to the Advisory Committee.
Tony Zuzolo (Nevada) - Contributor: Tony brings horse acquisition expertise to the Advisory Committee. He enjoys race horse acquisitions and turnovers. Tony drove for 15 years, has over $600,000 in Driver Earnings and once drove a Falcon Seelster mare to 8 consecutive victories. Additionally he has trained horses for 26 years with over 2,000 purse starts and has had a stable as large as 25 standardbreds. Tony has raced primarily at Yonkers, Monticello, Freehold, Saratoga, Meadowlands, and Dover.
John Burns (Ontario) - former Trainer: John has over 50 experience in the industry. He has developed two world champions during his career and has over 3700 starts as a Trainer. His lifetime earnings exceed $8.5 million with a .300 UDRS and has won in the Breeders Crown. John takes pride in his work with Ontario Harness Association and the establishing of a pension plan. John is known for his strong belief in the integrity of standardbred care and racing and brings that expertise to the Advisory Committee.
Diane Bertand (Alberta) - Director at Standardbred Canada: Diane lends her expertise to the NVSA Advisory Committee as an experienced breeder and owner. Her wealth of knowledge is critical during this era of the NVSA as we grow through various venues including breeding. She has a keen eye toward identifying stallion and mare talent and will help us be strong in the breeding and stakes programs respectively.
Yehudith Malka (Nevada) - Administrator: Yehudith is new to the standardbred industry. her experiences are as a business administrator in Israel ,with background of payroll and bookkeeping services.she moved to the states five years ago and started getting involved with the industry, including education .she brings a foreign connection as well as freshness to the industry to share similar interests. Yehudith is vice president of Bolnvestments LLC.